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Questions Frequently asked about the Diabetes Prevention Program.

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This program is based on the CDC's
National Diabetes Prevention Program.
National Diabetes Prevention Program

This program is brought to you in part
by a grant from the
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
FAQ Questions Frequently Asked About the Program

What is Prediabetes?

Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal - but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. Prediabetes can often be reversed by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.

There are more than 86 million Americans who have prediabetes and many do not know it. Even though prediabetes puts you at a higher risk, there are ways you can lower your chance of getting type 2 diabetes.

Did you know?

Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older have prediabetes.
And 89% of that 86 million have NO IDEA they're at risk.

National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60.

What do I need to know about the Program?

It works. The program is proven to help people lose weight and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by 58%.

This program helps you learn ways to change your lifestyle and improve your health. Participants meet in a group with a trained Lifestyle Coach to learn how to make modest lifestyle changes. Groups meet for a year (weekly for 4 months, bi-weekly for 2 months, then monthly for 6 months). That's 52 weeks of coaching, presentations, and information to help you. You don't have to do this alone.

The program will provide you with both a Lifestyle Coach and a group to support you. You will spend the year-long program with people who are facing the same challenges and trying to make the same changes as you.

It's close by. This program is at your local library.

Our lifestyle change program, based on the National Diabetes Prevention Program, can help reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

Let's face it, if change were easy, we'd all do it. You've spent years developing habits that you can't expect to change overnight. It's tough. We can help. The Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.

How do I know this program is for me?

Are you an adult who is overweight?

Do you have a family history of diabetes?

Have you ever been told by a health care professional that you have prediabetes, borderline diabetes, high blood sugar, or had gestational diabetes (GDM - a type of diabetes that women can get during pregnancy. It goes away after the mother gives birth, but it could mean an increased risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.) while pregnant?

If any of these are true, you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes, but there is something that you can do about it. Our program, based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make a change for life.

Why Group Meetings? Do I have to come?

Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. A little encouragement goes a long way when you're making big changes. In the Diabetes Prevention Program, you'll spend a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.

As a participant, you'll experience:
A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
You will make new friends and support each other as you trade old habits for healthier new ones.
You will work as a group. You don't have to figure this out alone.
You will receive new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.

How much weight do I have to lose?
How much exercise do I have to get?

To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program.

For example, if you weigh 200 pounds your goal for the first half of the program would be to lose 14 pounds and increase your physical activity to what could be a brisk 30-minute walk five days per week.

Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes, and improve your health for life!

What's the difference in type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes?

With type 2 diabetes, your body cannot properly use insulin (a hormone that helps glucose get into the cells of the body). You can get type 2 diabetes at any age, but you are at higher risk if you are older, overweight, have a family history of diabetes, are not physically active, or are a woman who had gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that some women get when they are pregnant. Even if a woman's blood sugar levels go down after her baby is born, she is at higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.

With type 1 diabetes, your body cannot make insulin, so you need to take insulin every day. Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 diabetes; about 5% of the people who have diabetes have type 1. Currently, no one knows how to prevent type 1 diabetes.

Can I participate if I have type 1 or type 2 diabetes?

This program is designed for those with prediabetes and is not appropriate for those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes. If your physician has already diagnosed you as diabetic, you are NOT eligible for this program.

I am on Metformin (or Glumetza, Glucophage, Riomet, and Fortamet), can I still participate?

It depends. Has your doctor told you you are prediabetic? Then yes! If your doctor has told you that you do have type 2 diabetes, then this program is not for you.